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Shopping in Antigua & Barbuda
 
 
 

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Uniquely Antiguan purchases include straw goods, pottery, batik and silk-screen printed fabrics, and jewellery incorporating semi-precious Antiguan stones. English bone china, crystal, French perfumes, watches and table linens are all available at very attractive prices. Fine artists to look for include Gilly Gobinet, Heather Doram, Jan Farara, and Heike Petersen (delightful dolls and quilts).

Shopping in Antigua & Barbuda is more directed at tourists. Necessities, unlike household items, are easily found. Anitigua & Barbuda’s goods are priced much higher than they are in the US because their goods are mostly imported. However, items that are locally produced are quite affordable.

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-4 pm (some close 12 noon to 1pm); Saturday 8 am-12 noon. Most shops in St John's close at noon on Thursday.

Places to Shop

Heritage Quay Complex is a shopping and entertainment area with over 50 duty-free shops, restaurants and a casino with a supper club. It forms part of the newest development in central St John’s. Tucked away within the shops of Heritage Quay are shops which include the Camera Shop, a Kodak distributor and photo-finisher selling sunglasses, film, and brand-name cameras. Fashiondock is known for its duty-free Prada, Moschino and Gucci accessories, plus other Italian styles. Sunseekers carries the largest collection of duty-free swimwear in the Caribbean. Colombian Emeralds is the world's biggest retailer of these gemstones. Abbott's Jewelry sells the best selection of watches on Antigua, plus china and crystal. At Lipstick, you can browse a daunting array of cosmetics and perfumes, some of them locally made, many of the others imported from the US, UK and France.

Brightly stocked stalls of fruit and vegetables are sold at the Public Market, along with a few locally-made crafts.

In late 2001 efforts were made to unclog the public roads of street-vendors so pedestrians and vehicles could move more freely. They were moved into the multi-story Vendors Mall where they now ply their trade of handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs from 150 stalls.

Another prime shopping area in St John's is the Redcliffe Quay waterfront on the southern edge of town, where nearly three-dozen boutiques are housed in former warehouses set around tree-shaded, landscaped courtyards. Noreen Phillips, an entity entirely based in Antigua, is one of the island's major fashion outlets. Cruise-ship passengers beeline here for both casual wear and beaded glitzy dress clothes. Exotic Antigua (St Mary's Street), specialises in Caribbean-made gifts and clothing, including T-shirts and casual wear and handicrafts.

Rain Boutique (Lower St Mary's), sells casual clothes, formal wear, hats, scarves, shoes, jewellery, and handbags.

At Falmouth Harbour, Seahorse Studios & Gift Shop specialises in batiks, T-shirts, signs and table linens. Their affiliated branch at English Harbour, Seahorse Art Gallery, sells paintings, engravings and watercolours, with lots of emphasis on seascapes.

Harmony Hall, in Brown's Bay Mill, near Freetown (following the signs along the road to Freetown and Half Moon Bay), displays an excellent selection of Caribbean arts and crafts.

 

 
 

 



 


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